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From the steps of the War Memorial: Mosby speaks of Gray ‘homicide’

Baltimore’s chief prosecutor has charged six city police officers in what she called the “homicide” of Freddie Gray while in custody following an “illegal arrest.” The charges include second degree depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second degree assaul, manslaughter by vehicle, false imprisonment and misconduct in office.

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Baltimore officials: No immediate decision in Gray case

Having weathered two all-night curfews with no major disturbances, Baltimore officials are now trying to manage growing expectations they will immediately decide whether to prosecute six police officers involved in the arrest of a black man who later died of ...

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Harmed by riots, small businesses now face a curfew

Casey Yang, owner of Coffee-Land, usually closes his shop downtown at about 5 p.m. and is out the door about 15 minutes later. But on Monday, there were a few late sandwich orders that kept the store open longer and delayed his going home. That delay proved to be fateful. As he was preparing to leave, he noticed a group of teenagers gathering in front of his store on Charles Street downtown. Yang, 54, felt the situation was dangerous so he locked his door and hid in a corner. But the group of about 20 teenagers saw him, smashed the glass door; demanded money; ransacked the store; hit him in the head with a container; and stole his briefcase. Despite the ordeal, he plans to open his doors again on Wednesday and dismissed the idea of relocating the shop. "We have to keep [the] business here. We have no choice," Yang said. Small businesses throughout the city, even those that haven't been directly impacted by the riots, are hurting as a result of the destruction that started on Saturday, and erupted into full scale riots on Monday. The violence comes as an off shoot of anger over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from injuries suffered while in the Baltimore Police Department's custody.

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Rioting could raise stakes for Mosby’s decision following Freddie Gray investigation

When former state’s attorney Gregg L. Bernstein announced charges would not be brought against police officers in two high-profile brutality cases, almost all of the reaction and fallout was confined to Baltimore. But with the death of Freddie Gray and Monday’s rioting garnering international attention, all eyes will be on Bernstein’s successor whenever she announces if charges will be filed against any police officers.

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Businesses close early, soldier on in face of protests

A few large planters along West Pratt Street in front of Luna Del Sea restaurant remained smashed on the sidewalk on Monday afternoon, and two windows at a Subway eatery next door were bashed out and boarded over. These were a few of the lingering reminders of damage caused when protests over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who was injured in police custody, got out of hand on Saturday. But Luna Del Sea owner Tony Assadi, sitting at the bar of his restaurant enjoying a late lunch, wasn’t intimidated by the weekend’s violence. He said he refused to close his restaurant Saturday because there was a private party scheduled that evening — so he just called in his own security to keep customers safe “Nothing is going to stop me,” Assadi said.

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Thousands expected at Freddie Gray’s funeral in Baltimore

Thousands were expected Monday at a funeral for a man who died after sustaining serious spinal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police. Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. EDT Monday for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man ...

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Gray case, protests cast spotlight on Baltimore’s image

While the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray has sparked a conversation about police brutality, it has also led to negative media portrayals of a city trying to shake a legacy of unflattering depictions. Under other circumstances Gray’s death after he suffered injuries while in police custody may have remained a local news story. But in the aftermath of recent high-profile incidents involving police and African-American men in Ferguson, Missouri, North Charleston, South Carolina and New York City — and because Gray being taken into custody was recorded, providing cable news networks with the dramatic footage they crave — his death has become national news. As reporters from media outlets such as CNN, Washington Post and New York Times descended on West Baltimore, they helped reinforce an image the city has been trying to shake since the critically acclaimed HBO series “The Wire” aired. News footage has revealed to national audiences a Baltimore beyond M&T Bank Stadium and Orioles Park at Camden Yards. Photos posted to Twitter by a local reporter prompted Esquire to compare West Baltimore to a fake streetscape on the backlot of Warner Bros.

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